Is editing the career for you? Through course reading, exercises, and assignments, we will introduce you to the roles and responsibilities of editors, as well as the knowledge and skills editors need to succeed. We’ll also explore the world of the editor and examine different aspects of editing—structural editing, stylistic editing, copy editing, and proofreading.
Editors and Editing: An Introduction
Instructional hours: 12
Schedule clarification: Online courses begin on the first date listed and end six days after the last date listed. The interim dates/times are not your actual online class times.
What will I learn?
By the end of this course, you will be able to do the following:
- Identify the role and responsibilities of an editor.
- Explain the four main types and stages of editing and how editors fit into the overall publishing process.
- Describe the author–editor relationship and the variables that help it succeed.
- Recognize basic weaknesses and errors related to structural editing, stylistic editing, copy editing and proofreading.
- Identify the skills and tools needed to work as an editor today.
How will I learn?
- Course readings
- Assignments and exercises
Expect to spend approximately 10 hours per week on course activities.
How will I be evaluated?
This is a pass/fail course based on the following:
- Participation in discussions
- Two assignments
The second assignment is due seven days after the end of the course.
Textbooks and learning materials
All course materials are available online.
Online hardware and software requirements
You will need access to the following:
- Word-processing software with a track changes feature, such as Microsoft Word
- A printer
- A scanner or camera to create a digital copy of editing examples to be submitted for one of the assignments
- High-speed internet access
- Adobe Acrobat Reader
We deliver this course using SFU's online course management system, Canvas. You will receive course details and Canvas access instructions on the first day of the course. You can check if your browser is compatible with Canvas here.
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English language requirements
To succeed in this course, you will need an advanced level of written and spoken English. If you are unsure whether your English language skills are sufficient, we recommend you complete the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) with the following minimums:
- Overall band score minimum 6.5
- No band below 6.0
- Writing band score minimum 8.0
Please note we can't refund your registration fees after the course start date if you find your English language skills are not adequate.
If you have questions or concerns about your English language proficiency, we encourage you to contact your local IELTS Test Centre.